Ex-teacher Jailed for Sex Abuse
By Rick Goodman
Australian Associated Press
December 7, 2017
A former Melbourne schoolteacher who sexually abused schoolboys under his care decades ago could walk from jail in a year.
Vili Kovac, 85, raped a boy during a school camp while teaching at Marcellin College and abused another boy while working as an athletics coach at Xavier College.
The assaults occurred in the 1960s when the boys were aged 12 or 13 and attending the Catholic schools.
Kovac was on Thursday jailed for four years for buggery and indecent assault.
He denied the buggery charge, which went to trial during which the victim had to recount to a jury the school camp attack.
The rape occurred in a tent at night during a camp Kovac was supervising at Wilson's Promontory, the victim said.
"He described waking up to a hand over his mouth," Victorian County Court Judge Susan Cohen said.
"Upon returning home he felt totally unable to tell his parents, siblings or any other person.
"This incident turned his life upside down."
The victim suffered in silence and did not tell anyone about the incident until 2014.
He finally spoke up to his partner after becoming aware Kovac had abused other boys.
The victim has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Kovac, who has previously served time in jail for sex abuse, was given a "much lower than usual" non-parole period of 12 months because of his poor health.
He is so frail he struggles to stand and suffers from several chronic ailments, including diabetes, heart problems and loss of vision and hearing, the court was told.
While Judge Cohen said Kovac had won a hurdles bronze medal for Yugoslavia at the 1960 Rome Olympics, records show he did not even compete at the Games.
Kovac grew up in Yugoslavia under Nazi rule and as a boy was subjected to a Hitler Youth program in which he searched bombed buildings for survivors.
His family fled to Slovenia where he was stigmatised for speaking German.
Kovac later immigrated to Australia and started teaching at Catholic schools in Melbourne.